Humira (Adalimumab) Drug Information

Humira® (adalimumab) is a drug used to treat various inflammatory conditions, including certain types of arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and plaque psoriasis. It is available by prescription only and is administered by injection once a week or every other week.
Humira is a type of tumor necrosis factor inhibitor, or TNF inhibitor. It works by blocking the activity of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a naturally occurring chemical in the body that is involved in inflammation.
People with certain inflammatory conditions often have higher levels of TNF-alpha, which causes inflammation and other problems. Although it is not a cure for these conditions, Humira helps to relieve symptoms and, in some cases, prevents future damage from occurring.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking Humira, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have diabetes, any current infection, or congestive heart failure.
(Click Humira for more information on this drug. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, other potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)
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